Submitted by Blake on November 27, 2015 - 10:03pm
In just the past decade, vexingly different figures have been reported — 1.8 million in The New York Times in 2009, four million by The Associated Press in 2013. The library and its current president, Anthony W. Marx, seemed content until two years ago to put the number at about three million, although the figure of 3.5 million had long been used, and appears in the lead paragraph of a Times article from Oct. 1, 1905. (Puzzlingly, the headline says 4.5 million.)
From A Slippery Number: How Many Books Can Fit in the New York Public Library? - The New York Times
Submitted by Blake on November 27, 2015 - 9:16pm
Luxury living: Private libraries
As our major Books & Manuscripts sales approach, we present five exclusive homes with magnificent private libraries — all from Christie’s International Real Estate
From Luxury living Private libraries
Submitted by Blake on November 27, 2015 - 2:56pm
If only Oprah were here.
“And you get a library, and you get a library, and you get a library!”
But alas, three small Clark County libraries will have to do it the hard way.
Ridgefield, Woodland and Washougal are in the hunt for new libraries to feed the minds of their growing cities, and they are all edging slowly toward their targets.
“Right now, if you go into any of those three communities it’s a very tight space, and once we find a space that fits the needs of the community, it opens up opportunities for everyone,” said Rick Smithrud, executive director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation.
From 3 small cities strive to book new libraries | The Columbian
Submitted by Blake on November 27, 2015 - 2:55pm
The California State Library’s new chief information wants citizens across the state to be able to visit his institution — from the comfort of their own computer.
David Wanjiru, who started the job on Nov. 2, told StateScoop that one of his long-term plans is to stand up a “virtual library,” where users could watch video tours of the research institution’s archives or explore its museum exhibits. To create this resource, Wanjiru would outfit staff members with GoPro cameras that would record images of the library, he said.
From California State Library's new CIO mulls 'virtual libraries' - StateScoop
Submitted by Blake on November 27, 2015 - 12:36pm
A public library is set to open next year in a polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border that hasn't had one for decades because of controlling sect leaders who try to limit followers' exposure to the outside world.
The library is expected to open in March 2016, Washington County Library System director Joel Tucker said. The plan is to put the library in an old schoolhouse the center of town, near the public school and town hall in Hildale, Utah.
The community is dominated by a polygamous sect led by jailed leader Warren Jeffs. He and other sect leaders try to limit members' exposure to the outside world by prohibiting Internet and books.
From Public library set to open in polygamous community in Utah | The Salt Lake Tribune
Submitted by Blake on November 27, 2015 - 10:35am
But that might be what it takes for these stores to thrive. What happens when Amazon slowly but surely competes more and more with physical locations? The company’s already expanding its grocery business, for instance, and is reducing the amount of time it takes to ship items to customers with multiple services. Amazon Books — if it’s successful — could easily become an Amazon Market. There are other advantages, too. If an item on the shelf is sold out, retail stores could provide incentives for people to pull out their phones and have the item shipped to their home later on. Surely that’s better than just losing the customer.
From Amazon Books should be the future of brick-and-mortar retail chains | Gigaom
Submitted by Blake on November 27, 2015 - 9:10am
Submitted by Blake on November 27, 2015 - 9:09am
The incentive structure of a scientist’s life is increasingly mimicking economic principles. While intensely criticized, the journal impact factor (JIF) has taken a role as the new currency for scientists. Successful goal-directed behavior in academia thus requires knowledge about the JIF. Using functional neuroimaging we examined how the JIF, as a powerful incentive in academia, has shaped the behavior of scientists and the reward signal in the striatum. We demonstrate that the reward signal in the nucleus accumbens increases with higher JIF during the anticipation of a publication and found a positive correlation with the personal publication record (pJIF) supporting the notion that scientists have incorporated the predominant reward principle of the scientific community in their reward system. The implications of this behavioral adaptation within the ecological niche of the scientist’s habitat remain unknown, but may also have effects which were not intended by the community.
From PLOS ONE: Journal Impact Factor Shapes Scientists’ Reward Signal in the Prospect of Publication
Submitted by Blake on November 26, 2015 - 9:24am
What if, in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, or cybersecurity attacks on companies and government agencies, the FBI had come to the American people and said: In order to keep you safe, we need you to remove all the locks on your doors and windows and replace them with weaker ones. It's because, if you were a terrorist and we needed to get to your house, your locks might slow us down or block us entirely. So Americans, remove your locks! And American companies: stop making good locks!
From Stronger Locks, Better Security | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Submitted by Blake on November 26, 2015 - 9:23am
Submitted by Blake on November 26, 2015 - 9:22am
Privacy, as we understand it, is only about 150 years old.
Humans do have an instinctual desire for privacy. However, for 3,000 years, cultures have nearly always prioritized convenience and wealth over privacy.
Section II will show how cutting edge health technology will force people to choose between an early, costly death and a world without any semblance of privacy. Given historical trends, the most likely outcome is that we will forgo privacy and return to our traditional, transparent existence.
From The Birth And Death Of Privacy: 3,000 Years of History Told Through 46 Images — The Ferenstein Wire — Medium
Submitted by Blake on November 25, 2015 - 1:11pm
Some of these libraries offer hidden treasures in the form of rare or out-of-print books, pamphlets and other documents.
“Our library probably runs like most church libraries of this size. It’s on an honor system,” said The Rev. Paul Moore, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Silver City. “I filter incoming books to ensure that they contain material that is consonant with our mission and ministry. People usually read them while they are here, or if they take them home, bring them back when they’re done.”
From Church libraries offer spiritual, uplifting books
Submitted by Blake on November 25, 2015 - 10:55am
The big question, of course, is whether libraries will have the resources to do the things they need to do. If they can't find alternative sources of funding, probably from the private sector, they're going to be stuck. Crowdfunding and social lending are strong and growing possibilities, as Kickstarter has shown. But, as the report says, they may need to provide "a wider range of public and commercial services" as well.
From The Future Of Libraries Is Collaborative, Robotic, And Participatory
Submitted by Blake on November 25, 2015 - 10:54am
Submitted by Blake on November 25, 2015 - 10:27am
Submitted by Blake on November 25, 2015 - 8:56am
The new Polish Copyright Act [link in Polish] enters into force on 20th November 2015 bringing library services in Poland into the twenty-first century.
Major new provisions enabling digitization for socially beneficial purposes, such as education and preservation of cultural heritage, are the centrepiece for libraries of the new law.
The law also implements a European Directive enabling the use of orphan works (in-copyright works where the copyright holder cannot be identified or found to obtain permission), and an EU Memorandum of Understanding on the use of works that are no longer commercially available. In addition, the introduction of public lending right is limited to works in public libraries.
From New copyright law in Poland heralds new era for libraries | EIFL
Submitted by Blake on November 24, 2015 - 9:25pm
During the 2014–2015 school year, 9.8 million students from 31,327 US schools read over 334 million books and nonfiction articles, per data captured by Accelerated Reader 360TM. Search for the books kids read most below.
From Learnalytics | What Kids Are Reading
Submitted by Blake on November 24, 2015 - 6:27pm
I am still getting daily lessons on what it means to be an advocate for and practitioner of openness. Before I started my professional career I didn't recognize the perseverance needed, or the political savvy, or the tenacity of trusting your gut when it tells you that what you are doing is worth the worry that you are faced with a Sisyphean task well beyond your abilities. If you take anything away from this, know that you do not have to be a researcher to be an important advocate for openness, nor do you have to be an expert in the many facets of openness.
From The Winnower | Making Openness My Business
Submitted by Blake on November 24, 2015 - 2:06pm
Welcome to The Hawaii Project
The Hawaii Project brings you books and book news you'd never have found on your own. We track what the web's leading tastemakers and book reviewers are writing about, uncovering things that match your favorite authors, personal interests and current events, and bring them to you daily.
From The Hawaii Project Book Recommendations
Submitted by Blake on November 24, 2015 - 2:04pm
A map of 1,089,837 scientific papers from the arXiv
Paperscape is a tool to visualise the arXiv, an open, online repository for scientific research papers. The Paperscape map currently includes all (non-withdrawn) papers from the arXiv and is updated daily.
Each paper in the map is represented by a circle, with the area of the circle proportional to the number of citations that paper has. In laying out the map, an N-body algorithm is run to determine positions based on references between the papers. There are two “forces” involved in the N-body calculation: each paper is repelled from all other papers using an anti-gravity inverse-distance force, and each paper is attracted to all of its references using a spring modelled by Hooke’s law. We further demand that there is no overlap of the papers.